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Chloe by Design: Making the Cut
Chloe by Design: Making the Cut
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Chloe by Design: Making the Cut

16-year-old Chloe has always loved everything to do with fashion. Clothes, accessories, styling, designing – she knows it all. And when she finds out a new reality series for aspiring teenage designers is holding auditions in her town, she's desperate to win a spot on the show. Chloe knows this is her chance to finally get her designs noticed. But before Chloe can realize her dreams, she has to survive the competition.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-13 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count384
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VOYA - Teania Moore-Case, Teen Reviewer

"This book is by far one of the best books this reviewer has read. Anyone who is interested in fashion and wants to pursue fame in the fashion industry but has lost hope will love this book. It reminds readers that no matter how shy you are, the effort you put into your passion always brings out the best in you, and in the process, young adults learn that they can become more than they ever dreamed—they can become themselves. Many young people will relate to this book." - VOYA

August 1, 2014

Kirkus Reviews

"Gurevich aims at middle schoolers, focusing on descriptions of Chloe’s designs, how she imagines them and how she fares in each stage of the competition. The arc of the show provides natural highs and lows, and the challenges that the young designers face feel typical of reality television, adding to the story’s realism. Greatly aiding the book’s appeal are the abundant fashion illustrations contributed by Hagel, allowing readers to envision nearly all the designs. Thrills and excitement for fashion fans." - Kirkus Reviews

July 1, 2014

School Library Journal - Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL

"The protagonist is a relatable character whose struggles with self doubt will resonate with readers. The fun and frothy plot reads quickly, and the fashion sketches add to the enjoyment of the book. This will find a fan base with fashion and reality TV show addicts alike." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2014


Booklist Online - Sarah Bean Thompson

"Project Runway meets Mean Girls in this fashion-inspired first volume of the Chloe by Design series. . . .the book shines in its descriptions of fashion designs. Full-color fashion-sketch illustrations accompany the text, showing off Chloe’s and the other competitors’ designs. . . .Chloe’s journey (and the fashions that accompany it) make for an enjoyable, fluffy read. Perfect for readers obsessed with fashion, clothing design, and reality TV." - Booklist Online

August 20, 2014

Kimberly Barth, Founder & CEO of Project360

"Making The Cut is an ideal combination of all things girly. It's a captivating read with fabulous illustrations perfect for any fashion lover -- whether young adult or kid at heart. In my book, Chloe by Design definitely makes the cut!" - Kimberly Barth, Founder & CEO of Project360

April 14, 2014

VOYA - Kim Carter

"A fascinating perspective on the fast-paced, high-pressure fashion design world, Making the Cut immerses the reader in the design experience, offering an insider’s look at this creative process. Alternately “Confident Chloe, Cowardly Chloe, Charismatic Chloe, Clumsy Chloe,” [p. 380] Chloe’s personal growth will engage readers immersed in their own identity development. High quality layout and premium paper showcase lavish sketchbook-style illustrations from an experienced fashion industry artist, offering an aesthetically enhanced reading experience that will appeal to a range of young readers with interests in creative endeavors." - VOYA

August 1, 2014


PJ Gach, Founder and Editor-in-Chief,

"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a contestant on a fashion reality TV show, then you must pick up Chloe By Design: Making The Cut. Brooke’s photography and illustrations make you feel like you’re seeing everything through Chloe’s eyes . . . they are so chic, so gorgeous, and so wearable, that you may be tempted to rip them out of the novel and frame them." - PJ Gach, Founder and Editor-in-Chief,

April 14, 2014

Margaret Gurevich

Margaret Gurevich

Margaret Gurevich is the author of many books for kids and tweens, including Capstone's Academy of Dance series and their award-winning Chloe by Design Series. She has also written for Sport Illustrated Kids, National Geographic Kids, and Penguin Young Readers. When not writing, she loves spending time with her husband and son. To learn more about her and her books, please visit

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